BOZICH | Louisville's 'embarrassing' beatdown of Florida State featured on Showtime
What did the Florida State coaches and players have to say about Louisville behind the scenes before, during and after the game. Showtime captured the moments.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — It’s official. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was embarrassed by some of the things the University of Louisville football team did to the Seminoles during the Cardinals’ 63-20 victory Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The Showtime microphones caught the coach’s stinging words while capturing the third episode of “A Season With Florida State Football,” which aired Tuesday night.
As Louisville defensive back Jaire Alexander danced the final steps of his 69-yard punt return early in the third quarter, Fisher dropped his head and said, “Wow. That’s embarrassing.”
After the game, while addressing his team, Fisher took responsibility for the loss. “It ain’t nobody’s fault,” he said. “It’s my fault. I allowed it to happen. It’s on me. I’m the head coach. Starts with me, stops with me.”
Fisher was not the only one perturbed. Showtime also had a camera crew in Tallahassee to watch the game with Derwin James, FSU’s all-American safety. He missed the game after undergoing knee surgery.
James watched his replacement miss a tackle on Brandon Radcliff’s opening run — and then endured the Cardinals score touchdown after touchdown after touchdown.
“I’m mad,” James said. “I can’t be out there but there’s nothing I can do about it … We didn’t play the way Florida State football is played … The season ain’t over.”
At halftime, with his team down 35-10, Fisher tried to challenge his guys by telling them it was time for the Seminoles to develop their identity.
“Who are you?” Fisher asked. “What do you have in you? … Talking ain’t gonna win it. Action’s going to win it.”
Little changed. Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly ordered his players to stop looking at the scoreboard. Fisher told quarterback Deondre Francois to improve his body language and lead.
“This ain’t about winning the game,” Fisher said. “It’s about finding our identity as competitors and people. You understand what I’m saying?
“About competitors and people, who do you want to be? There’s not a bigger moment in your life than right now. You going to have the guts to go make it? You hear me?
Didn’t matter. The Seminoles did not have an answer for Jackson, the guy they knew they had to stop before the game.
“This week we’ve got to eliminate explosive plays,” Kelly said. “What do we got to do? Stop Number 8.”
Fisher joked before the game that Jackson had attended a camp at FSU but the Seminoles were not able to successfully recruit the quarterback out of southeastern Florida.
“I wish he would have gone to Hong Kong,” Fisher said.
In his pre-game speech, Fisher gave Louisville respect but delivered the respect with these words:
“That’s a good football team out there. It’s a helluva football team in here.”
It appeared the Seminoles spent two nights downtown at the Seelbach Hotel and enjoyed an incident free walk-through at Waterfront Park.
“Everybody wants to beat us,” Fisher said. “Everybody wants to mark on the calendar they beat Florida State.”
Louisville did exactly that.
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